wild rain lilies in a jar
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Remember, the most beautiful things in the world
are the most useless;
peacocks and lilies for instance.
~John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice , 1851
Hello my little pretties. :) I hope all is good in your worlds. All is good with me. We worked on Drayton Island the last couple of days, and today was one of rest and renewing of energies. We spent the holiday weekend crossing some major projects off the list…and that is a good thing.
I am having my evening glass of red wine... tonight’s wine is Me’nage a Trois from California. So many things I think of chatting with you about, but one can’t say it all, can they? Hmmm…this morning my lilies spoke to me as I walked by, asking me to tell our their story…so I will.
I found this quote and decided to use it because I like peacocks and lilies. So many other things could be added to the list of useless, but beautiful things…eh? Useless though? I THINK NOT!!
back to the lilies….
We used to have a beautiful huge tree right by the front door, but a few years ago a hurricane damaged it beyond saving. Though, I was saddened about the loss, the opening allowed the sun to touch the earth once again. Much to my surprise, when summer came, large blades of green pushed through the earth. In time, revealing what had been silently sleeping…waiting for the awakening light. Beautiful wild lilies…thus, the wild lilies in a jar painting. I had no idea they were there! I found out they are native to Florida and are called “rain lilies”…don’t you just love that! They are blooming again right now, and they make me happy!
Sadly, another huge tall 75′ pine tree had to come down too. Unseen to me (though at times a wonderful fragrance made it’s way down to my world) a wisteria vine lived way in the top. In time, the rain and sunlight revived the vine, and now a simply divine wisteria bush grows where the pine once stood. Some of you may remember the painting called It’s a New Day. Well, that painting and others are from that bush and the creatures that come and go…such as butterflies, bees, or the little warbler in the painting.
Okay, so why am I going on and on about storms, trees, flowers, and sunlight? Well, I think at times this is a perfect analogy for our lives. We all have and will experience what seems like upsetting changes..without sounding too corny …the hurricanes of life. Yet, often as time passes..beautiful and magical things start stirring within our hearts and unfolding in our lives, due to the change…things previously unknown to us!
As for beautiful things being useless, it depends on what one views as useless. Somehow I can’t imagine my world without peacocks and lilies. I could say a lot more, but I think not tonight, for it is late. Besides, you know dear hearts..you already know!
Beautiful and magical things are within all of us! I leave you with this quote:
The windows of my soul
I throw wide open to the sun.
~John Greenleaf Whitter (poet 1807-1892)
I opened the windows of my soul to the light,
my heart is like a wild rain lily
unfolding, blooming, and hopefully revealing…
Love and Light to all,
Post note: I forgot about the meaning of my given names..Susan means lily and the other is the feminine form of Dionysus, the Greek god(dess) of wine; mountain of zeus! That explains a LOT don’t you think!! I simply can’t help myself…my fondness of wine is all my parents fault for giving me the name! eh,eh,eh